Australian Open 2017
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Australian Open 2017 – Tennis at its Finest

A Grand Slam event is considered as the pinnacle of tennis tournaments and there is no better way to start a season than with the Australian Open. It is the first of the four Grand Slam events – French Open, Wimbledon, and U.S. Open – and it lives up to this competition by bringing in a total Australian open prize money of $44 million.

The 2017 Australian Open in Melbourne

Novak Djokovic - Australian Open 2016 Champion

Put yourself on court with incredible updates on the next Australian Open taking place 16-29 January, 2017. The first Grand Slam of the season will rock your world if you are an avid tennis fan! Get the finest information from real pros and bet like a professional here. Both the Rod Laver and Margaret Court arenas will offer earth-shattering action. This Grand Slam boasts high attendance, second only to the US Open. Get ready to witness legends playing to write history.

There is something for everyone as far as the Australian Open is concerned. It features events for men’s singles, women’s singles, Junior’s Championships, and mixed doubles.

Tennis fans are well catered during Australian Open dates since the sport is telecast throughout the world on a number of networks. Melbourne Park has become synonymous when it comes to Australian Open, but there was a danger of the location being shifted due to lack of facilities. A whopping $363 million project has ensured that this iconic location will serve as the home of Australia tennis open and Melbourne tennis until 2036.

Armed with a history going back to 1905, the Australian Open sets things going as far as the entire tennis season is concerned. A unique aspect of this event is the blue Plexicushion surface, which has been in use since 2008. Incidentally, the Melbourne Open relied upon grass has its surface up until 1988. It has to be said that the switch to blue Plexicushion surface lends a great attraction to the ATP Australian Open.

Growth in Popularity

One of the primary factors that determine the popularity of a tournament is attendances. In this regard, only the U.S. Open is better than the Australian Open. After bringing in more than 700,000 visitors for the first time in 2015, tennis Australian Open is expected to cross the 720,000 figure in 2016. Almost a quarter of million people putting up the query of ‘when is Australian Open?’ is a great testament to the success of the tournament.

Angelique Kerber - 2016 Australian Open Champion

It is not a surprise that a tournament is popular if its location is good. Melbourne Park has been the location since 1988 and the convenience offered by this facility on all aspects like location and viewership have been a major factor. Melbourne Park is one of the few places that allow indoor play whenever the weather is not conducive for this major event due to aspects like the hot or wet weather.

Successful Stars

Australian Open winners are in plenty, but only two have been extremely successful. The duo of Roy Emerson and Novak Djokovic has six titles each from the Australian Open men’s final. Adrian Quist has the most number of doubles title – 10. Margaret Court is the most successful women’s player with 11 titles in the Australian Open finals and Thelma Coyne Long has 12 double’s title. Australian tennis has grown immensely – buoyed by the success of the Grand Slam – in the last few decades.

Tennis Melbourne has received a major boost by the Australian Open and few can replicate its success.

Event Champion Runner-up Score
2016 Men’s Singles Seria flag
Novak Djokovic
Andy Murray
6-1, 7-5, 7-6(7-3)
2016 Women’s Singles Flag Germany
Angelique Kerber
Serena Williams
6-4, 3-6, 6-4
2016 Men’s Doubles flag UK
Jamie Murray
Flag Canada
Daniel Nestor
2–6, 6–4, 7–5
brazil flag
Bruno Soares
Radek Stepanek
2016 Women’s Doubles
Martina Hingis
Andrea Hlavackova
7-6(7-1), 6-3
Sania Mirza
Lucie Hradecka
2016 Mixed Doubles
Elena Vesnina
Coco Vandeweghe
6–4, 4–6, [10–5]
Bruno Soares
Horia Tecau

Prize Money

Just like some of the recent changes made to Grand Slam events, prize money for Australian Open Women Championships is on par with the men’s game. Open Australia offers prize money of $3.1 million for the champions, while the runner-up in each competition receives $1.55 million. When does Australian Open start in 2017 is a question on the lips of every sports fan, and the tournament starts on January 16 and concludes on January 29.

Australian Open 2016

The 2016 edition of the tournament took place between January 18 to 31. The tournament set a new record for the number of visitors, as just over 720,000 were in attendance. This was only the second year in which the Australian Open had a record an attendance figure of more than 700,000. Novak Djokovic was coming into the Australian Tennis Open as one of the most successful players in its history. He had a chance to equal Roy Emerson?s record of six titles. The major talking point ahead of the Melbourne Open was if he could win this record equalling title or would the wait go on.

In the women’s game, Serena Williams was at her dominating best in the 2015 edition. She was a favourite to retain the title, which could have been her seventh tennis Australian Open title.

The men’s singles final turned out to be another affair between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. The duo had already met up each other on 30 different occasions with Djokovic coming out successful in 21. The overwhelming statistic in favour of the Serbian put him as the bookies favourite for the ATP Australian Open 2016. Murray and Djokovic did not have much resistance coming into the finals. Milos Raonic and Roger Federer were comfortably dealt with in the semifinals.

After an extremely comfortable first set victory, Murray put up a fight back. Djokovic, though, eased to a 6–1, 7–5, 7–6 win. It brought him a record-equalling sixth medal and he once again joined the list of Australian Open Champions.

Serena Williams, though, was unable to defend her title in the women’s single. She ended up losing 6–4, 3–6, 6–4 to Angelique Kerber.

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